Rolling emergency power outages meant to relieve strain on infrastructure damaged in Russian attacks cast Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities into darkness Wednesday.
Russia and Turkey announced Wednesday that Moscow is rejoining the Black Sea grain initiative, the U.N.-brokered deal to ensure safe passage of cargo ships to and from Black Sea ports. The Kremlin had said over the weekend that Russia would back out of the deal.
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
Russia’s “dirty bomb” threats challenge the nuclear calculus: While Russia punctuates its mounting losses in Ukraine with threats about nuclear weapons and so-called “dirty bombs,” Western leaders are grappling with whether Russian President Vladimir Putin might be planning a dramatic escalation on the battlefield.
Though U.S. officials analyzing the conflict in Ukraine say it is unlikely Moscow will launch nuclear action, Washington doesn’t have many good options when it comes to preventing Putin’s worst intentions, writes Karoun Demirjian.
Karoun Demirjian, Karen DeYoung and Francesca Ebel contributed to this report.